Forty years in -- that’s right, 40 years -- Wire has created another excellent record with its 16th album, “Silver/Lead,” a disc that’s a reminder not only of how good and relevant the British outfit remains, but of how it has allowed its sound to change and evolve from its punk roots.
With its 10 songs clocking in at 36 minutes -- and still no wanking solos -- Wire works its sinewy, two-guitar attack on the opener “Playing Harp for the Fishes,” then goes to fast-moving pop on “Short Elevated Period.”
The rest of the record, however, is mid-tempo post punk that often incorporates synthesizers with the guitars and stark rhythms -- sometimes soft and, in the case of “Sleep On The Wing,” luscious; sometimes taut (“Brio”).
Lyrically, well, Graham Lewis’ words are as indecipherable and dark as ever, perfectly delivered largely by Colin Newman.
“Silver/Lead” isn’t “Pink Flag,” the band’s 1977 masterpiece. But it’s another strong record in a good run from the influential band. Grade: B+